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Altaic etymology :

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Proto-Altaic: *dā̀mù
Meaning: only
Russian meaning: только
Tungus-Manchu: *dāmu
Japanese: *dùmài
Comments: An interesting TM-Jpn. isogloss. It is perhaps worth noting the particle jamu mentioned by MK for contexts like "sen barɣɨl jamu" 'go, will you' (see EDT 934).

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Tungus etymology :

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Proto-Tungus-Manchu: *dāmu
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: 1 only, merely 2 perhaps, rather
Russian meaning: 1 только, единственно 2 может быть, пожалуй
Evenki: dāmukte 2
Spoken Manchu: damǝ 1 (2970)
Literary Manchu: damu 1
Nanai: damụ 1 (may be < Manchu)
Comments: ТМС 1, 195.

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Japanese etymology :

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Proto-Japanese: *dùmài
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: ever (usually with negation)
Russian meaning: когда-либо, только (обычно с отрицанием)
Old Japanese: jume
Middle Japanese: jùmé
Tokyo: yúme, yumé
Kyoto: yúmè
Kagoshima: yumé
Comments: JLTT 579. Modern dialects point also to a variant *dùmài.

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